Charice was thrilled to usher in 2009 by performing at three events in Washington D.C. in the days leading up to President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Here she performs a powerful rendition of God Bless America at the Realizing the Dream Awards Celebration on Sunday, January 18, 2009. It’s fun to see an audience that is unfamiliar with her start clapping and going crazy midway through her song!
Here is the Inaugural Ball Holy Grail video: Charice singing God Bless Americ and One Moment In Time at the Pearl Presidential Inaugural Gala. Videographer momarski added this commentary:
Took this video the first time Charice took the stage to perform before the Asian American and Pacific Islander community gala. She blew the audience away with her big voice. I was near the left side of the stage so I had a very good vantage point.
Here is a breakdown of the three events Charice performed at in the days leading up to Barack Obama’s inauguration:
• On Sunday evening, she closed the show by singing God Bless America at the Realizing the Dream Awards Celebration at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Realizing the Dream is a nonprofit group that continues the humanitarian work of Martin Luther King, Jr.
• On Monday evening, she sang God Bless America and One Moment In Time at a reception at the Philippine embassy to celebrate Barack Obama’s inauguration.
• She then rushed over to belt out God Bless America and One Moment In Time at the Pearl Presidential Inaugural Gala held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The event was attended by Asian-American and Pacific Islander leaders and celebrities.
As is her custom, Charice is always happy to keep on singing. She and her mother, Raquel, were set to leave the Pearl Presidential Inaugural Gala but decided to stay just a little bit longer in case Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barack Obama’s sister, showed up. In Charice’s own words, courtesy of charicamania:
Actually we were fixing to leave. We did not think that Ms. Maya will show up at the ball. However, we decided to stay a little bit longer just in case she will show up. Someone told us later on that Ms. Maya will be arriving soon. I had already peformed when she arrived. I sang God Bless America again and it brought her to tears. She picked me up. I cried too for her, she was really moved by the song.
Here is Charice singing for Maya Soetoro-Ng. You can’t get any more personal than singing to someone face to face while holding their hand. All Chasters should be so lucky!
Here are clips of Charice singing God Bless America and One Moment In Time, courtesy of ABS-CBN News. Although there are no subtitles, it’s easy to follow the action.
Here is Charice briefly interacting with Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barack Obama’s sister, at the Pearl Presidential Inaugural Gala, courtesy of GMA, a leading Philippine network.
Here is an ABS-CBN News recap that offers more of Charice’s performance:
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